Merrillville Community Planetarium
Bringing the Universe to the Merrillville Schools and Northwest Indiana

Planetarium Represented at the GLPA Conference

Many of the faculty, staff, and student assistants from the planetarium attended the 41st Annual Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) conference held in Grand Rapids, Michigan and hosted by the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. The conference is for planetariums professionals in the Great Lakes area, but people come from all over the world to share new and innovative ideas for planetariums. New technologies, programs, and creative ideas are shared during the 4-day conference through lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and planetarium shows.

Student assistants who attended the conference had a wonderful learning opportunity. High school students shared some of their thoughts of the experience. Nick Makarowski said it expanded his knowledge of planetarium innovations and technologies. Mike Clark said it was an exciting, awesome experience. Matt Kochevar said it was mentally fun and educational. Russ Brayfield agreed that it was a great educational experience and a lot of fun.

Gregg Williams, the planetarium director, said it was a good conference, he learned a lot of things, and we have our work cut out for us next year. Next year the conference will be held in Merrillville, Indiana and hosted by the Merrillville Community Planetarium in October.